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Re: identity of the dwarf Monstera deliciosa

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: identity of the dwarf Monstera deliciosa
  • From: "Peter Boyce" <p.boyce@rbgkew.org.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2000 18:56:53 -0500 (CDT)

Dear Donna (and anyone else)

Rhaphidophora and Monstera are, indeed, separated on fruit
characteristics. Rhaphidophora has it's seeds (usually many,
occasionally as few as four) arranged in two ranks running up the
walls of the fruit and the mature seeds have endosperm; Monstera
has few seeds (four, occasionally less), arranged in pairs in the
middle of the fruit and the mature seeds lack endosperm.
Fascinating, eh?

Pete

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Herbarium
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond, Surrey
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